The proposed research will build upon case studies from individual fisheries in the U.S. and other countries to examine the impacts of fishing and other changes on aquatic environments. While we do not control many of the important environmental drivers of ecosystem change, fishery management has the capacity to dampen or amplify the impacts of environmental change on exploited fish populations. Understanding the relative impacts of fishing and environmental change and identifying the most effective strategies for managing fish populations in a changing climate will lead to improvements in how we manage our fisheries. In addition, the comparative approach proposed here will help identify those management strategies that are working and lead to their broader adoption in other locations. These comparisons involve (1) development of a new global database with information about many fish populations around the world based on information that has already been collected by U.S. and foreign fishery management agencies and (2) novel research on fish populations in the U.S., Mexico, and Mongolia which differ in their natural environments and fisheries, but share many of the same challenges, such as vulnerability to climate change and overfishing.
|Effective start/end date||6/1/11 → 5/31/16|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))